Stan Peterson, Artist #73, creates his art in wood. You can visit his gallery on line by going to his website, www.stan-peterson.com. Today he shares with us some of his technique, and what he does with the “leftover” wood.
By Stan Peterson
The bandsaw is the only power tool I use in my wood studio. I prefer working with hand tools and the slow process of carving. I use basswood from the lumberyard which comes in long, clear boards. I draw the outlines of a proposed sculpture and then saw out the carving blank with both Japanese pull saws and a small bandsaw.
There are a lot of left over cut off pieces from this roughing out process.
I’ve always kept a box of these cut offs under the bandsaw and am constantly intrigued by their irregular shapes. Recently I have started a new series in the studio called RESCUE DOGS.
I piece the selected scraps together using gorilla glue until a dog like form appears. It is a process of rescuing the potential of what is left behind or discarded.
Everybody likes a friendly dog but only a few will actually give one a home. For Portland Open Studios this year, I’m carving a bunch of wood dogs which have been rescued from the bandsaw and looking for new owners and companions.